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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Century; 1st Edition edition (16 Nov. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712678255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712678254
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.4 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After graduating from Harvard Medical School, Michael Crichton embarked on a career as a writer and filmmaker, whose credits include 'The Andromeda Strain', 'Westworld', 'Jurassic Park', 'Rising Sun', 'Prey' and 'State of Fear' and the TV series 'ER'. He has sold over 150 million books which have been translated into thirty-six languages; twelve have been made into films. He is the only person to have had, at the same time, the number one book, movie and TV show in the United States.

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When you step into a time machine, fax yourself through a "quantum foam wormhole" and step out in feudal France circa 1357, be very, very afraid. If you aren't strapped back in precisely 37 hours after your visit begins, you'll miss the quantum bus back to 1999 and be stranded in a civil war, caught between crafty abbots, mad lords and peasant bandits all eager to cut your throat. You'll also have to dodge catapults that hurl sizzling pitch over castle battlements. On the social front, you should avoid provoking "the butcher of Crecy" or Sir Oliver may lop your head off with a swoosh of his broadsword or cage and immerse you in "Milady's Bath", a brackish dungeon pit into which live rats are tossed now and then for prisoners to eat.

This is the plight of the heroes of Timeline, Michael Crichton's thriller. They're historians in 1999 employed by a tech billionaire-genius with more than a few of Bill Gates' most unlovable quirks. Like the entrepreneur in Crichton's Jurassic Park, Doniger plans a theme park featuring artefacts from a lost world revived via cutting-edge science. When the project's chief historian sends a distress call to 1999 from 1357, the boss man doesn't tell the younger historians the risks they'll face trying to save him. At first, the interplay between eras is clever but Timeline swiftly becomes a swashbuckling old-fashioned adventure, with just a dash of science and time paradox in the mix. Most of the cool facts are about the Middle Ages and Crichton marvellously brings the past to life without ever letting the pulse-pounding action slow down. At one point, a time-tripper tries to enter the Chapel of Green Death. Unfortunately, its custodian, a crazed giant with terrible teeth and a bad case of lice, soon has her head on a block. "She saw a shadow move across the grass as he raised his ax into the air." Try not to turn the page!

Through the narrative can be glimpsed the glowing bones of the movie that may be made from Timeline and the high tech computer game that should hit the market in 2000. Expect many clashing swords and chase scenes through secret castle passages. But the book stands alone, tall and scary as a knight in armour shining with blood. --Tim Appelo


"Timeline combines all the ingredients that make Crichton's books compulsive reading ... a brilliantly imagined story" (Los Angeles Times)

"Hollywood's favourite thriller writer evokes the experience of time travel superbly ... a rollicking read" (Observer)

"A thrilling race against time" (Daily Express)

"A cracking thriller" (Daily Express)

"The present and the long-ago past collide [as] three young historians whisk themselves back to fourteenth-century feudal France to rescue a friend - and engulf themselves in all manner of mind-blowing intrigue" (Chicago Sun-Times) --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J.R.Hartley VINE VOICE on 29 Aug. 2006
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First of all, forget the dreadful film as no book could be that bad. This is an enjoyable but somewhat daft yarn that has also the usual Crichton elements of scientific hokum, goodies, baddies and a race against time. This time there are no dinosaurs or robots gone mad, but time travelling scientists out of their depth in medieval France. It's a clever combination of innocent abroad, historical romp and techno thriller and has the usual cast of 2D characters we expect from (and forgive) Michael Crichton.

This is not a history lesson and it should not be taken as a realistic portrayal of life and conflict between the dastradly English and the noble French. It is, however, an entertaining no-brainer that is ideal fodder for long flights and holidays or when you're in need of a light-weight, enjoyable thriller that will allow your brain to coast along. Great fun but not great history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By peternock@clara.net on 7 Feb. 2001
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In spite of some unenthusiastic reviews, this book is brilliant. I read 100 pages the first evening, then spent all the following day glued to the story. Forget about poor characterisation or plot irrelevancies, they're not important. It's the story and action that count. The first section includes a layman's introduction to quantum physics, a subject no-one, not even physicists, understands properly. And I don't buy the theory that you can use quantum physics to travel back in time (and return again). We all know it can't be done, and never will be done.
But setting that aside, the interesting bit starts when we travel back to 14th century France, a year or so after the battle of Poitiers. Just imagine stepping out of your time machine into a world you can hardly begin to understand: the utter silence of a landscape free from the ambient noise of the 20th century, the hugeness of the trees in the primeval forest...
Then learning all the small but essentials details of medieval life and times, you get the feeling of how life really was lived, you had to be alert and strong to survive, violence and pain and sudden death are never very far away, but you can sense just through reading the text how intensely alive you would feel if you could ever go back to such a world. I think that's Mr Crichton's greatest achievement in this book. And I like reading about the reactions of people suddenly transplanted from modern times to the medieval world... it would be even better if a few medieval types could be transported in turn to the future!
I've read a few others by Crichton - Jurassic Park, the Lost World - both excellent. And try Congo - that's another masterpiece. If they ever make a film of Timeline - see it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darren Simons TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 April 2003
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Michael Crichton is the author behind a whole load of famous films and TV series, including ER, Jurassic Park / The Lost World, Disclosure and many others. This was the second book I read by this author, the first being Airframe. One thing consistent in all Crichton books is the technical input (and given the author’s background in medicine this is not hugely surprising).
Timeline is all about a company called ITC which has invented technology for going back in time. However, guess what, something’s gone wrong and a scientist has ended up coming back to the present time in the Arizona desert, not knowing who he is and talking gibberish. As well as the ensuing investigation to figure out who he is, ITC have to go back in time to right the past.
Admittedly it sounds extremely far fetched, but I found this to be a very entertaining read, and a book which was fairly difficult to put done once I’d started. The technical descriptions in the book are really good and convincing to the point to make you wonder “Mmm, just maybe”. All in all, I’d strongly recommend this one, particularly if you like other Michael Crichton books and the techie stuff he tends to include.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 April 2000
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Michael Crichton has written some good books, even ones with intriguing scientific basis. However, this is not one of them. His attempt at explaining the "time travel device" is absolutely ridiculous. It tries to explain quantum theory, dragging in the oldest, most overused scientific example he can find, and attempts to pass off the effects as being from "other universes" and "wormholes." Even more laughable is his grasp of the period of 1357. While it is obvious that he has done a bit of research, it is also obvious that he has not done nearly enough. The historical innacurracies (such as men having to have short hair) and the inane theories (that Medieval knights were all 6 1/2 feet tall, even though their armor is only 5'8") come out of nowhere. His characters are frequently one dimensional and blatant stereotypes, and one gets the feeling that he is writing this book only for the sake of the following movie deal. One character seemingly morphs from male clothing to female clothing at will, with no explanation as to where she's getting the new clothes. Or how she manages to climb castle walls in a floor-length dress. This is just one example of the sloppy, cop-out writing Crichton uses. It's as if he's stopped caring about writing compelling, believable fiction and has decided to be a Hollywood screenwriter instead. If you just want a timetravel novel with plenty of swordfights, go ahead. However, take his "historical" and "scientific" research with a barrel of salt. If you're reading this with an interest in history, don't bother.
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